YouTube star Brooke Houts is under investigation after she uploaded an unedited video of her hitting, kicking, and spitting on her dog. Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to multiple outlets that they are investigating Houts for animal cruelty.
In a shocking video uploaded on Tuesday, Houts is attempting to film a prank video with her dog. During the video, the Doberman puppy jumps up on her while she stands in the kitchen. After the dog jumped on her, Houts smacked the dog down and chased him off-camera.
When she appears back on screen, she walks toward the camera and cradles her hand as though in pain. Her Doberman named Sphynx runs and plays off-camera. Then Houts bends down and tries to finish her recording.
However, the puppy continues to play and jump on her, which interrupts the filming. Noticeably frustrated, Brooke, scolds the dog and pushes him off her. At one point, she slams the dog to the ground by his neck. While she pins the dog to the floor, she spits on him.
When the puppy continues to jump, she forcibly pushes him away from her. Then she is seen off-camera in a reflection kicking her dog while she screamed at him.
After uploading the video in error, Houts quickly deleted it from her channel. She later uploaded an edited version of the video that did not contain any evidence of abuse. However, multiple channels reuploaded her deleted video. Eventually, the video appeared on “Drama Alert,” where host Keemstar encouraged people to report her for animal abuse.
Facing considerable backlash, Brooke Houts posted a lengthy apology on Twitter. In the statement, she insisted that she is not a bad dog owner. She attempted to excuse her behavior by telling fans she was not having a good day. Additionally, she said that she is working with her family to find a trainer for her dog.
To everyone who has been commenting on my social media as of recently: pic.twitter.com/gnxUbfVHdf
— b (@brookehouts) August 7, 2019
Despite her apology, fans and concerned animal lovers began reporting her to LA animal control. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Wednesday afternoon that she is under investigation for animal cruelty.
While the recent incident is shocking, Brooke Houts appeared to use her dog frequently for content on her YouTube channel. In several videos, she discussed the challenges of owning a dog. Additionally, she shared numerous red flags about her skills in raising a very large and intelligent breed of dog.
During an episode titled “A day in the life with my puppy,” Brooke Houts defends her choice to use a prong collar on her dog. She insisted the collar did not hurt her dog and stated that products that harm animals would not be available to buy. However, the American Veterinarian Medical Association denounces the use of harmful collars like the prong collar. Additionally, the Animal Humane Society, PETA, and SFPCA all urge owners not to use the collars as a training method.
In another video, Houts admits to cropping her Doberman’s ears. The cropping of Doberman ears has been a long-standing tradition for the breed based on inaccurate information. Owners of the breed began cropping the ears in the 1600s believing it would help improve their hearing and reduce injuries.
However, ear cropping is now considered cosmetic with no known medical benefits. Numerous countries around the world have banned the practice of cropping dogs’ ears. The AVMA, Animal Humane Society, and dozens of animal rescues all encourage owners to no longer crop the ears of dogs for vanity purposes.
Additionally, Houts lives in a small one-bedroom apartment on the second floor of a home. The apartment is tiny for an active and large dog like the Doberman. Doberman’s are highly active dogs that require a lot of exercise and attention. The American Kennel Club recommends people considering the breed have large fenced in back yards and lots of time for walks and hikes.
While Brooke Houts insists she is not a bad dog owner, she appears to make somewhat questionable choices for her dog. At 20-years-old, Houts may not be mature enough to manage the stress and needs of a very energetic and large dog.
In response to her video, people on Twitter and YouTube are calling for her removal from YouTube. Thus far, more than 6,000 people have unsubscribed from her channel.
YouTube has not made any comments publically regarding the Houts’ video nor has the platform removed reuploads of the abusive content.
Brooke Houts has not commented beyond her apology to fans.
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